The Ravens don't know how to have a quiet offseason. They have remained one of the league's best for more than a decade by balancing big egos, big contract standoffs and tough decisions on franchise stalwarts. The drama will continue this go around.
The Ravens are among the top of the league in free agents, and have tricky players under contract like Haloti Ngata, Dennis Pitta and Lardarius Webb. They also have to find the right fits for new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's offense after tailoring personnel to Gary Kubiak for a season. And they have to make it all work while eating $9.5 million in dead money from Ray Rice's contract.
Biggest free agents
» Pernell McPhee: He was a versatile revelation in his contract year, with a talent for pass rushing anywhere on the field. McPhee is the type of homegrown player Newsome often lets get overpaid elsewhere.
On the way out?
What they need
This is an offense in transition. They need to figure out starters at wideout, tight end and running back. Even if they bring Webb back, the secondary has a ton of questions with Jimmy Smith coming off ACL surgery to go with a weak safety position. The front seven is in good shape, but they still need some younger pass rushers.
Offseason crystal ball
In the fine Ravens tradition of Chris McAlister, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and many others, Haloti Ngata could be headed for an awkward contract standoff. In the end, it makes too much sense for a deal not to happen. We also think the Ravens will find a way to reward Torrey Smith before he hits the market. McPhee will probably hit it rich elsewhere. Daniels should follow Kubiak to Denver, while there's a good chance Forsett leaves too. Webb and Jones could be goners, because the Ravens don't have a ton of cap room. Joe Flacco doesn't pay for himself.